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Great Scott! Aussie Adam Scott wins Masters

updated 7:46 AM EDT, Mon April 15, 2013
Adam Scott of Australia smiles while wearing the green jacket after winning the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, on Sunday, April 14. Scott captured golf's most prestigious event in an oh-so-close sudden-death playoff with Angel Cabrera. Click through to see all the shots from the fourth day and <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/13/golf/gallery/masters-round-three/index.html' target='_blank'>look back at the third round</a>. Adam Scott of Australia smiles while wearing the green jacket after winning the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, on Sunday, April 14. Scott captured golf's most prestigious event in an oh-so-close sudden-death playoff with Angel Cabrera. Click through to see all the shots from the fourth day and look back at the third round.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Adam Scott of Australia won the Masters at Augusta
  • Scott defeated Argentina's Angel Cabrera on the second hole of playoff
  • The 32-year-old is first Australian to ever win the tournament
  • Scott: "I don't know how that happened."

(CNN) -- Adam Scott produced the performance of his life to win the Masters on Sunday and finally exorcise the demons of last year's British Open.

Scott, the first Australian to ever wear the famous green jacket, defeated Argentina's Angel Cabrera on the second hole of the playoff after both men finished at nine-under on an enthralling day at Augusta.

As Scott sank the winning putt on the 10th at Augusta he banished the pain and heartache that had haunted him following his humiliating collapse at Royal Lytham in July.

Scott's collapse

On that occasion, the 32-year-old looked set to win his first major until he somehow contrived to blow a four-shot lead with just four holes remaining.

But with the eyes of the sporting world upon him, Scott showed nerves of steel to hole his putt and finally end Australia's Augusta curse.

Brandt Snedeker of the United States waves during the third round of the 77th Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on Saturday, April 13, in Augusta, Georgia. Click through to see all the shots from the third day and look back at the second round. Brandt Snedeker of the United States waves during the third round of the 77th Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on Saturday, April 13, in Augusta, Georgia. Click through to see all the shots from the third day and look back at the second round.
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Guan Tianlang of China shakes hands with Matteo Manassero of Italy after the second round of the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on Friday, April 12, in Augusta, Georgia. Click through to see all the shots from the second day and look back at the first round. Guan Tianlang of China shakes hands with Matteo Manassero of Italy after the second round of the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on Friday, April 12, in Augusta, Georgia. Click through to see all the shots from the second day and look back at the first round.
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"I don't know how that happened," Scott said after his historic triumph.

"It seems a long, long way from a couple years ago, or last July when I was trying to win a major. It was incredible."

Scott's character and determination came to the fore at a course where his country's most famous golfer suffered so mercilessly.

Greg Norman, the man who squandered a six shot lead on the final day at the 1996 Masters, was the closest Australia had come to a Masters champion.

Norman lost out to Augusta native Larry Mize in a playoff in 1987, just a year after his bogey at the 18th allowed Jack Nicklaus to win his 18th and final major.

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Two years ago, Scott and Jason Day finished tied for second as Charl Schwartzel produced an astonishing final four holes to win the tournament.

But this time, Scott got the job done, and the Adelaide-born player was quick to praise the man who had come so close at Augusta in years gone by.

"It's incredible to be in this position," said Scott, who had earlier shot a three-under 69 for the final round.

Dustin Johnson of the U.S. watches his tee shot on the 12th hole during the first round of the 2013 Masters Tournament on Thursday, April 11, at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. Click through to see all the shots from the first day and look back at the Par 3 Contest. Dustin Johnson of the U.S. watches his tee shot on the 12th hole during the first round of the 2013 Masters Tournament on Thursday, April 11, at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. Click through to see all the shots from the first day and look back at the Par 3 Contest.
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The Masters Tournament is synonymous with the green jacket awarded to each year's winner, but that hasn't stopped some of golf's greatest players from sporting their own stand-out looks at Augusta National Golf Club.
Walter Hagen, who won his first professional major in 1914, had a particular panache -- he traveled by limousine and favored snazzy clothes and two-toned shoes. Hagen won 11 professional major championships. Click through the gallery to see more fashion icons. The Masters Tournament is synonymous with the green jacket awarded to each year's winner, but that hasn't stopped some of golf's greatest players from sporting their own stand-out looks at Augusta National Golf Club. Walter Hagen, who won his first professional major in 1914, had a particular panache -- he traveled by limousine and favored snazzy clothes and two-toned shoes. Hagen won 11 professional major championships. Click through the gallery to see more fashion icons.
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"Australia's a proud sporting nation, and it's amazing that it's come down to me today.

"There was one guy who inspired a nation of golfers, and that's Greg Norman. Part of this definitely belongs to him."

He later added: "A phone call isn't going to be enough; I'd like to share a beer with him."

Taking the green jacket from last year's winner, Bubba Watson, Scott stood proudly after an afternoon that neither he nor Australia will ever forget.

His birdie on the 18th, the 72nd hole of the weekend, produced a hugely emotional celebration, with Scott appearing to believe had finally won a major.

Cabrera, Snedeker lead Masters

But while he walked back to the clubhouse, 2009 champion Cabrera produced an exquisite shot to ensure a relatively simple putt and the opportunity of a second Masters title.

The playoff provided an exhilarating climax to a round played amidst worsening conditions with the rain constantly falling and the light deteriorating.

After both making par on the first playoff hole at the 18th, the pair moved to the 10th. While Cabrera failed to make a birdie, Scott made no such mistake as he holed from 15 feet to spark delirium.

Cabrera would have been the second oldest man to have won the tournament at the age of 43, with only Nicklaus, who won at the age of 46 in 1986, ahead of him.

Guan Tianlang, now 14, qualified for the 2013 Masters when -- as the youngest player in the field, then rated 490th in the world amateur rankings -- he beat a host of senior golfers to win the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in Thailand. Guan of China became the youngest player to make the cut at Augusta and finished as the top amateur. Guan Tianlang, now 14, qualified for the 2013 Masters when -- as the youngest player in the field, then rated 490th in the world amateur rankings -- he beat a host of senior golfers to win the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in Thailand. Guan of China became the youngest player to make the cut at Augusta and finished as the top amateur.
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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland stands with his caddie (and professional tennis player) Caroline Wozniacki during the Par 3 Contest before the start of the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia on Wednesday, April 10. Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland stands with his caddie (and professional tennis player) Caroline Wozniacki during the Par 3 Contest before the start of the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia on Wednesday, April 10.
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It would have been some achievement for the Argentine, currently ranked 269th in the world.

"That's how golf is," said Cabrera, who hit a final round 70. "I came back. I had my chance to win it. Adam is truly a good winner.

"He's a great person and a great player, and I'm happy for him."

Australia's Day was one of the first to congratulate Scott after he missed out on qualifying for the playoff, eventually finishing two shots back on seven-under for the tournament.

"It was really tough," Day said. "The pressure got to me a little bit."

Woods penalized two strokes

While Scott celebrated, world No. 1 Tiger Woods refused to blame his two-shot penalty for taking an incorrect drop during his second round Friday.

Woods finished with a final round of 70 to finish four shots off the lead -- but the U.S. star refrained from blaming Friday's incident.

"We could do that 'what if?' in every tournament we lose," he said.

"We lose more tournaments than we win out here on tour, so that's just part of the process, and I'll go back to it.

"I thought 65 would win it outright today. I thought that was going to be the number, and it looks like it was. If I would have shot my number, it might have been a different story.

"I had a tough time getting accustomed to the speed of the greens; they were so much slower than yesterday. I left every putt short on the first eight holes.

"I played well but unfortunately did not make enough putts and missed a few shots here and there. I had an opportunity today."

McIlroy blames 'stupid mistakes' for slump

World No. 2 Rory McIlroy carded a closing 69 to finish the week at two over par, but the Northern Irishman was satisfied with his game despite failing to challenge the leaders.

"I know I've played good enough golf here to win; it's just a matter of stringing it all together," McIlroy said.

"I was in a good position and did not quite have it all yesterday, and that really cost me.

"You have to be right on your game for 72 holes here. I played a five hole stretch in five over, and that was really it. I played nicely again today; if I just limit the mistakes from yesterday, I am right there.

"It's frustrating. Sometimes you hit a good shot and all of a sudden it's off the green; it is what it is, and you have to embrace it.

"It's Augusta, and you're going to get some good bounces; you're going to get some bad. It will all even out in the end."

Teen sensation Guan makes Masters cut

Earlier Sunday, China's 14-year-old sensation Tianlang Guan finished his momentous week with a three-over 75 to leave him 12-over for the tournament.

Guan, the youngest ever player to make the cut, received the Silver Cup after finishing as the leading amateur.

"It's not easy to play here and make the cut and be the low amateur, and I think I did a pretty good job," Guan said.

"I'm a little bit tired today. There are still a lot of things to improve. My short game is good, but I could still get better, and my driving has to get a little bit longer. Yes, everything needs to improve."

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Defending champion Watson endured a nightmare final round, dunking his ball into the water on three separate occasions at Rae's Creek.

Watson hit a seven-over 10 on the 12th, Augusta's shortest hole at just 155 yards.

"If you're not going to win, you've got to get in the record books somehow," Watson said after carding a final round 77, seven-over for the tournament.

"So I'm a guy that got a double-digit score on a par three."

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